Student Profiles

In many ways your biggest project here is creating your best self. The self that can go out in the world and do good work. The self that can work hard and have a good time doing it. The best way to understand what life is like here, and the wild and meaningful paths you might take, is to see how current students are doing it. That's why we've created these profiles. If you want to learn more about any of these students, and the passions they are pursuing here at Putney, just drop us an email and we'll put you in touch.

I’ve taken so many new things—figure drawing, sculpture, jewelry making. It is great to be able to study so many different kinds of art—ways of making life beautiful

I’ve been able to continue riding and caring for horses here at Putney. I also love to play basketball. Next year, I’ll be selling my soul to basketball, hoping to play Division 1

Here, teachers look for ways to challenge you, so you’re always going beyond, always moving forward. It’s not about meeting a quota. It’s about going deeper.

Here’s what really struck me when I came to Putney to visit: people talking to each other. Everyone! I didn’t get that feeling of exclusivity—everyone seemed friendly.

There is zero tolerance for unkind behavior here; no one is judgmental. We help each other out.

Progressive education means you learn for yourself, not for the teacher, not for the grades. At my old school, I did a lot of memorizing.

I’ve always been interested in philosophy, but I didn’t have the tools to go more deeply into various practices. I’ve really connected with Nathan, who teaches existentialism, ethics...

Here’s the problem: I want to do everything. Photography, printmaking, chemistry, Chinese, physics...

What drew me to Putney? The opportunities we get here to bring our ideas to life.

I moved to the U.S. from Kenya when I was nine

Before Putney, I went to a public school in Germany

You get more out of Putney than a diploma

When I visited Putney I was struck by the students’ sense of independence—also by the school’s connection to nature

I started coming to Putney when I was five or six — my older sister went here. I’m the youngest of five.

Here’s the thing about Putney: You have to contribute to the community in order to be here.

I grew up in Seoul in a family of entrepreneurs.

How many places can you go where people learn for the pure joy of it? When I came to Putney I was a very busy person — always doing something.

I came to putney because I wanted to get out of the city and try something new. This was the perfect place for it.

Putney is a really good fit for me. Because it is small (my old school had 2000 kids) you can have strong relationships with your teachers.

I came to Putney from China by myself — at first for a summer program. I’d never been to the U.S. before.

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